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Tests

For many courses, you need to take a test or tests as part of your application – see below or check your course page. You will need to register separately for any tests, by a set date in October, and can normally sit them in your school or college, or at a centre near your home. 

It is very important to make arrangements in good time, as your application may not be as competitive - or may not be considered at all - if you do not take any test or tests required for your course.

Tests in 2016

If you are applying to study Law, you are required to take the LNAT between 1 September and 20 October 2016. 

All Oxford's other admissions tests are organised by the Admissions Testing Service. The registration deadline will be 15 October and the tests will take place on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

Archaeology and Anthropology

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

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Biochemistry

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biological Sciences

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biomedical Sciences

Test:
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You need to register by 1 October. Late registrations are accepted up until 15 October, but there is an additional fee for this.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.bmat.org.uk.

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Chemistry

Test: 
For the first time in 2016, all candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). Chemistry candidates will be required to take Section 1 (the multiple-choice questions) but not Section 2 (the writing task).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Classics

Tests:
All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). This test is in three parts: the Latin test, the Greek test and the Classics Language Aptitude Test.

Candidates who are studying Latin or Greek to A-level or equivalent (those applying for Course I) must take the test(s) in the language(s) you are studying.

Candidates who are studying neither Latin nor Greek to A-level or equivalent (those applying for Course II) must take the Classics Language Aptitude Test.

How to register:
www.catoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:

Looking for further specimen papers for Classics?

Our considered practice is to make just one paper available. Each paper is intended to be a specimen only, to give an example of the format of the test and (in the case of the language aptitude test) an example of the sort of questions you might expect.

  • The Latin and Greek Translation Tests (sat by candidates studying one of both of those languages to A2 level or equivalent) consist each of a short passage in prose and verse in the classical language, to be translated into English. The passages, vetted by experienced teachers, are carefully chosen to be of a difficulty suitable to students at A2 level or equivalent.
  • The Language Aptitude Test (sat by candidates studying neither Classical languages to A2 level or equivalent) is designed to assess your ability to analyse how languages work, in a way which doesn't depend on your knowledge of any particular language, in order to gauge your aptitude for learning a new language rapidly. As part of the selection process there will be a follow-up interview to this test, where problems in the test may be revisited. We strongly recommend that all candidates who sit the Classics Language Aptitude Test work their way through one sample paper. However, we do not recommend that candidates work through more than one sample paper (and we do not make more than one specimen available) as over-practising for the test can make candidates approach it in a more mechanical and consequently less effective way.

No special preparation is expected for any component of the Classics Admissions Test, other than diligent participation in your usual work at school or college.

Classics and English

Tests:
Candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) AND the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for Classics and for English.

Classics and Modern Languages

Tests:
Candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT) AND the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for Classics and for Modern Languages.

Classics and Oriental Studies (Classics with Oriental Studies - Q8T9)

Test:
All candidates must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). For details please see the separate entry for Classics.

Candidates intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian must always take 'Part B' of the CAT (in addition to any other parts required), which is a test of language aptitude.

Classics and Oriental Studies (Oriental Studies with Classics - T9Q8)

Test:
Candidates intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian must take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). For details please see the separate entry for Oriental Studies.

Computer Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
Please see the Computer Science website.

Computer Science and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
Please see the Computer Science website.

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Earth Sciences (Geology)

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Economics and Management (E&M)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Engineering Science

Test:
All candidates for all Engineering courses must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of PAT has been changed this year: section A (Mathematics for Physics) remains unchanged but the multiple choice questions and long problems in section B (Physics) have been eliminated. Section B will now be made up of shorter physics questions worth a maximum of 9 marks each.  Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

English and Modern Languages

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) AND the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT). Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries below for English and for Modern Languages.

English Language and Literature

Test:
All candidates must take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

How to register and specimen papers:
www.elat.org.uk
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European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL)

Test:
All candidates will need to take both the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) AND the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). Separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

How to register and specimen papers:
Please see the separate entries for Modern Languages and for Oriental Studies.

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Fine Art

Test:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, which will include a practical test. Candidates will be asked to complete two pieces in a variety of media from a number of possible subjects. Candidates themselves do not need to make any special arrangements for the test, as this will be organised for them by their college.

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Geography

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

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History

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). This year for the first time the HAT paper will have four questions. The final one, question 4, is ONLY for History and Economics applicants. Applicants for History and the other joint schools with History should ONLY answer questions 1, 2 and 3. Applicants for History and Economics should answer questions 1, 3 and 4. History and Economics applicants must answer question 4 INSTEAD OF question 2.

How to register:
www.hatoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See History Faculty website

History (Ancient and Modern)

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). For further information, please see the separate entry for History.

History and Economics (HECO)

Tests:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT), as for History. This year for the first time the HAT paper will have four questions. The final one, question 4, is ONLY for History and Economics applicants. Applicants for History and the other joint schools with History should ONLY answer questions 1, 2 and 3. Applicants for History and Economics should answer questions 1, 3 and 4. History and Economics applicants must answer question 4 INSTEAD OF question 2.

History and English

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT), as for History.

Please note that candidates for History and English are NOT required to take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

History and Modern Languages

Tests:
Candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT) AND the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

For further information, please see the separate entries for History and for Modern Languages.

History and Politics

Test:
All candidates must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT). For further information, please see the separate entry for History.

History of Art

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Human Sciences

Test: 
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

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Law (Jurisprudence) and Law with Law Studies in Europe

Test:
All candidates must take the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT).

Candidates for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish Law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language in December if they are shortlisted for interview. 

How to register and specimen papers:
www.lnat.ac.uk

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Materials Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of PAT has been changed this year: section A (Mathematics for Physics) remains unchanged but the multiple choice questions and long problems in section B (Physics) have been eliminated. Section B will now be made up of shorter physics questions worth a maximum of 9 marks each. Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Mathematics

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Maths Department website.

Mathematics and Statistics

Test:
All candidates must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

How to register:
www.matoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:

See Maths Department website.

Medicine (A100 and A101)

Test:
All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). You need to register by 1 October. Late registrations are accepted up until 15 October, but there is an additional fee for this.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.bmat.org.uk.

Modern Languages

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). This test is a booklet containing several different papers: please check to see which papers are required for your course.

How to register:
www.mlatoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Modern Languages website.

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Tests:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). This test is a booklet containing several different papers: please check to see which papers are required for your course.

How to register and specimen papers:
Please see Modern Languages above.

Music

Test:
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to take a practical test in December.

For further details:
Music test.

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Oriental Studies

Test:
Candidates for course combinations which include Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Persian will need to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT).

How to register:
www.olatoxford.org.uk

Specimen of written test:

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Philosophy and Modern Languages

Test:
All candidates must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please see the separate entry for Modern Languages for further details. This test is a booklet containing several different papers including a Philosophy paper for students applying for Philosophy and Modern Languages: please check to see which papers are required for your course

Specimen of written test:
Please see the separate entry for Modern Languages.

Philosophy and Theology

Test: 
All candidates must take the Philosophy Test.

How to register: www.admissionstestingservice.org/phil.

Specimen of written test: 

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Physics

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). Please note that the format of PAT has been changed this year: section A (Mathematics for Physics) remains unchanged but the multiple choice questions and long problems in section B (Physics) have been eliminated. Section B will now be made up of shorter physics questions worth a maximum of 9 marks each.  Candidates are urged to plan their time appropriately and attempt all the questions on the paper.

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Physics and Philosophy

Test:
All candidates must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

How to register:
www.patoxford.org.uk

Specimen paper:
See Physics website.

Psychology (Experimental)

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA).

How to register and specimen papers: www.tsaoxford.org.uk.

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics

Test:
All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). See www.tsaoxford.org.uk for further details.

Candidates for courses including Linguistics (Psychology and Linguistics, Philosophy and Linguistics) must also take the Linguistics Test. This is part of the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Please see Modern Languages above.

Please note that separate registration is required for each of the two tests.

Specimen papers:
See Psychology website.

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Theology and Religion

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Theology and Oriental Studies

Test:
Candidates applying to the Judaism and Islam strands, intending to study Hebrew, Arabic, Persian or Turkish, are required to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT); candidates for the Buddhism, Hinduism and Eastern Christianity strands do not have to sit a written test.

How to register and specimen papers:
www.olatoxford.org.uk

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